CLEVELAND — The Indians overcame errors and the weather to post a 9-5 win over the Anaheim Angels at Progressive Field.
It wasn’t easy as the Angels came back from a 4-0 deficit and took a 5-4 lead, only to see the Indians storm back to get the win.
Cleveland starter Zach McAllister went innings 6 innings and gave up 5 runs, 3 of them earned. He got the win as relievers finished up matters, with a 44 minute rain delay thrown in for good measure.
Jason Kipnis drove in Shin Soo Choo, who tripled in the first off Dan Haren. Two runs in the second inning, and one in the fourth, supplied by a solo homer by Shelley Duncan gave Cleveland a 4-0 lead.
Angels took the lead 5-4 in the top of the 5th inning. A potential inning ending double play couldn’t be turned as Jack Hannahan threw away the ball into the outfield. That opened the door as Mike Trout hit a 3 run shot to tie it and Albert Pujols hit a solo shot to put the visitors on top.
Cleveland regained the lead in the bottom of the 5th inning. Two runs scored on a Michael Brantley ground out to first base and the Tribe led 7-5. A single run in the 7th inning gave Cleveland the 8-5 lead before the rain delay chased fans for cover.
When the game resumed, the Tribe added a run in the bottom of the 8th and went on to post the 9-5 win, but not before waiting out another rain delay.
The Indians and the Angels play the final game of the series on Wednesday afternoon at 4:05.